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Old 12-25-2005, 08:38 PM   #1
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Hello, I just purchased a new home and need to have the interior painted. Before I went out and get some estimates I am trying to get an approximate cost. The home is 1921 square feet. I want to paint to colors. The property is located in Southern California. Just trying to get an idea so I do not ger ripped off and do not go with to low of a bid. Thanks for the help in advance......

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No one should pay more than necessary to get the job done. On the other hand, though,
it's not always wise to compare contractors solely on price.
It is not possible to tell you a price or even a range. Geographical differences aside,
contracting is not commodity selling, there are too many variables involved.

If the contractors you contact meet the the following:
Have all necessary insurance (not just liability)
Have been in business for a few years
Belong to trade and community groups
Provide you with references(contact and talk to them)
Offer you a warranty for their work
Provide you with a detailed proposal
Are happy to answer all your questions....

If the above criteria are met, you will not get ripped off.
If price becomes your primary concern as it is your main question,
you may not get the best contractors (most qualify their prospects)
and the ones you do get may be the type that do rip you off.

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Something tells me 3,000 dollars. This is the price that pops in my head. I could be 100 percent wrong and not even close.
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Something tells me 3,000 dollars. This is the price that pops in my head. I could be 100 percent wrong and not even close.
Are doors being painted? What type?
What type of colours? How many coats?
Any difficult to reach foyers?
Are the ceilings popcorn? are they being painted?
How much prep work? Patching?
All the above surely can make a difference.
How can it be even an uneducated guess, without this information
and more information like it?
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George Z....LOL :D I don't know that just the number that poped in my head when i read the post. I hope the guy will come back and tell me how much i'm curious to see if i was way off.:D
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George z now i'm thinking somewhere between 3 and 5. I say 4.
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Geoge z you need to find some americans up in toronto and paint there place. You can say I will charge you 4,000 dollars. They will think you mean american when you mean canadian. So they will give you 4,000 american and you will have a nice tip once you exchange for canadian...LOL
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Geoge z you need to find some americans up in toronto and paint there place. You can say I will charge you 4,000 dollars. They will think you mean american when you mean canadian. So they will give you 4,000 american and you will have a nice tip once you exchange for canadian...LOL
The Canadian dollar is closing in on the US$ anyway.
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You should get three bids anyway, and that will give you an idea of the cost

It's really hard to guess what the going rates in your area are, and what is really involved with painting this particular house

Some members will post up some basic info on the different bids and we can pick them apart pretty quick if there's something fishy

It's hard to give a price w/o an eyeball on it though-too many factors involved

I would agree with George Z...
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...it's not always wise to compare contractors solely on price.
It is not possible to tell you a price or even a range. Geographical differences aside,
contracting is not commodity selling, there are too many variables involved.

If the contractors you contact meet the the following:
Have all necessary insurance (not just liability)
Have been in business for a few years
Belong to trade and community groups
Provide you with references(contact and talk to them)
Offer you a warranty for their work
Provide you with a detailed proposal
Are happy to answer all your questions....

If the above criteria are met, you will not get ripped off.
If price becomes your primary concern as it is your main question,
you may not get the best contractors (most qualify their prospects)
and the ones you do get may be the type that do rip you off.
That was very well said, and very good advice

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